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Auckland Broadband Speed Comparison


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2013-01-22

TrueNet compares Auckland DSL speed performance of each ISP with the rest of New Zealand showing peak demand period speeds (evening) as a percentage of off-peak speeds.   

The best consistent performers, with both Auckland and the Rest of NZ better than 95%, were Telecom, Orcon and Xnet.

Telecom was best in Auckland achieving a 98% peak/off-peak ratio, although several other ISPs were close behind.  

TelstraClear DSL performed much better in Auckland than anywhere else in New Zealand.  Compare this with recent monthly reports showing TelstraClear DSL as last in nationwide Time of Day speed.   (This Auckland comparison does not include Cable) 

This is the first time TrueNet has singled out a city, and the results show significant differences in ISP performance by location.  190,000 TrueNet standard New Zealand file download tests in December 2012 were included in this comparison.

The File Download chart below compares the speed of file downloads during the peak evening period as a percentage of the speed of download during the early morning when Internet traffic is light.  The higher the percentage, the better the performance.  A poor performance could mean that videos are difficult to watch during the evening peak demand.

Snap is based in Christchurch, but has many customers in Auckland.  Their Auckland performance is much lower than the rest of New Zealand, probably due to capacity constraints to Auckland.

TelstraClear is based in Auckland and has the opposite problem to Snap with a very good Auckland performance but a much worse rest of New Zealand performance.  This too is possibly due to insufficient capacity to Auckland.

Vodafone on the other hand has the worst performance in all parts of New Zealand.

Telecom have the best Auckland performance, and their performance for the Rest of New Zealand remains very good.

TrueNet is an independent, self funded, New Zealand based company that collects and analyses ISP broadband performance throughout NZ with the objective of making that information publicly available.

 

Glossary

Details on how we measure are avalable on our Technical page. We continue to seek more volunteers, please drop in here to participate. 

Speed - Throughput or the peak speed achieved during our standard test downloading an image from our test servers.  TrueNet reports speed as a comparison at peak & off-peak demand times to show any capacity constraints evident in speed performance, often called the Time of Day analysis.

Webpage Download - TrueNet maintains a Standard Testpage which is used for measuring the time to download the entire page.  This page is visible here, we use a copy located on our test servers for test downloads.

ISPs - TrueNet has probes measuring almost 20 ISPs but only reports on those where there are 5 or more probes working during any particular month.

ADSL, VDSL, DSL - the standard broadband service provided over a telephone line,  VDSL is a faster version than ADSL.  They use similar technology and backhaul, so sometimes DSL is used when referring to both.

Unlimited - A service where there is no monthly limit on the amount of data used.  Specifications for this service include that it may be "Managed" and have "performance reductions applied during peak demand periods".

DSLAM - the exchange or cabinet based equipment that your modem is connected to, over the pair of copper wires that are exclusively allocated to your premises.

Ethernet - The wiring used to connect computers to a network, typically an Ethernet cable is coloured blue, with small square connectors at each end.


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